The Megapixel Monster Cometh - Sony Alpha DSLR-A900

A Physical Comparison with the A700

Physical Comparison with the A700

Having said that, we've had the A900 for about a week before the actual launch, and we brought it through its paces. Needless to say, the A900, together with the HVL-F58AM flash gun, proved to be a pretty nifty tool for most situations.

Firstly, the physical aspects. The A900 measures 156 x 117 x 82mm, a good 14 x 12 x 2mm bigger than the A700. The A900 also weighs a good 127g heavier as well, but that's acceptable considering the size of the pentaprism and the inclusion of the new 35.9 x 24mm sensor.

The first thing you'll realize about the camera is the size. The pentaprism housing has changed to accommodate for the enlarged pentaprism. The A900 is also the first DSLR in Sony's lineup that does not come equipped with a built-in flash.

The A900 also looks a little boxy. The grip is pretty big, but it fits comfortably in my hands. 25 adjustable knobs, dials and buttons adorn its magnesium alloy body, allowing you to access most functions at the touch of a button or the twist of a knob.

Again, the right side has not undergone any major overhaul. The A900 still takes one CF card and one Memory Stick, but you can now change the destination of the files on the fly, without having to go through the menus. Simply hit the Fn button at the back, and scroll to the bottom right selection on the screen; you can then switch between MS or CF.

The left side of the camera hasn't changed much from the A700 either, although the placements of the different connections are pretty apparent.

The rear of the camera looks pretty much the same as the A700. The LCD screen is of a slightly higher resolution than the A700 too, checking in at 921,600-dots. The 100% field-of-view is also an additional bonus.

One of the key differences you'll notice is the inclusion of the top LCD info monitor. It may just measure a measly 2 x 2cm, but it displays your key information like battery life, shutter speed, aperture and the number of shots left on your memory card. Nothing fancy here, but yet it displays everything you'll need.

The top LCD information panel will probably catch your eye immediately. This is the first Sony camera with a top LCD info panel.